Ivory Coast’s long-anticipated Nov. 28 presidential election was meant to help the country move beyond its deep divisions. Instead, the vote fueled a political stalemate that sucked the country back into civil war.More than four months after voters elected President Alassane Ouattara, renegade incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo still refuses to step down even though rebel forces have now confined him to a bunker beneath the presidential residence. Hundreds of Ivorians have died in increasingly heavy fighting that included attacks this week by the United Nations and France. How did a simple vote turn into this? There are a number of reasons that go back years, even decades.
This week's round-up of commentaries covers the disappearance of 43 students in Mexico, why Burkina Faso points to a new democracy in Africa, banning non-Muslims to say Allah, China's investment in Afghanistan's future, and why shopping malls don't constitute economic development.
Enough food to feed the world's 800 million hungry is wasted every year. A new interactive platform will try to reduce the losses.
In a mark of progress and unity, the African Union finally sent its first-ever humanitarian mission to help curb Ebola. Then it reacted swiftly to a military takeover in Burkina Faso. The continent must create more cohesion in order to assist itself.
Farmers in one of the world's least-developed countries are restoring degraded land using innovative techniques to conserve water and soil.
As program director of Peace Through Development II she helps moderate Muslims in Africa become more media savvy.